The Oculus Quest 2 is nearly actually getting assist for a 120Hz refresh charge in an upcoming replace, in accordance with Fb Actuality Labs. When requested about whether or not the standalone headset can be receiving one more refresh charge bump in a current Q and A session on Instagram (great place, RoadToVR), Fb Actuality Labs’ vp Andrew Bosworth gave a thumbs up as his reply.
In fact, given that is Fb we’re speaking about right here, a thumbs up may simply imply that he ‘preferred’ the concept of 120Hz assist quite than giving a non-verbal affirmation that it is undoubtedly coming. In all probability, although, it in all probability means the Oculus Quest 2 is getting 120Hz assist, particularly given Oculus not too long ago up to date the digital actuality headset to assist a 90Hz refresh charge again in November final 12 months. When the headset initially launched in October 2020, its refresh charge was restricted to only 72Hz.
Alas, Bosworth did not increase on when the Quest 2 may truly obtain its 120Hz assist, however I might think about it is going to seemingly roll out in a future software program replace – very like they did for the Quest 2’s 90Hz replace. It is also seemingly that Fb will give builders the choice of working their video games at 72Hz, 90Hz or 120Hz, relying on how demanding they’re. In any case, working video games at 120Hz will seemingly take a higher toll on the headset’s battery life, which is barely round 2-3 hours on its default settings.
In fact, if and when the Quest 2 does obtain its 120Hz assist, this can put its tech specs surprisingly near what’s out there over on the significantly dearer Valve Index, which is our present advice for these after the most effective VR headset cash can purchase. This PC-based headset may run video games at 80Hz, 90Hz and 120Hz – though its prime experimental 144Hz mode nonetheless provides it an edge over the Quest 2.
Nonetheless, now that Oculus Hyperlink is correctly up and working, you do not technically want a giant costly Index to play PC-based VR video games like Half-Life: Alyx any extra – and if the £299 / $299 Quest 2 can provide comparable refresh charges and simply as easy an expertise because the Index (supplied you have bought a robust sufficient PC to get these excessive body charges, in fact), then this may very well be a severe shot within the arm to Valve’s flagship VR headset.
It is an attention-grabbing improvement, to make sure, and one I am trying ahead to attempting out as soon as it will definitely arrives. In fact, the Quest 2 nonetheless has that age-old downside of requiring a Fb account in an effort to begin utilizing it, which is… yeah. Not nice. Nonetheless, with the Rift S going finish of life and the disappointing Vive Cosmos offering little to no first rate competitors, it is just about a alternative between the Quest 2 and the Valve Index for VR headset patrons today, and if it means signing up for an empty Fb profile versus spending an additional £700 / $800, I might in all probability be more and more tempted to chunk the bullet and re-join Fb for the sake of my pockets.